Seth Parker Woods

Solo Cello

October 22, 2017, 4 PM

The Warne Ballroom at the Cosmos Club

Following the completion of his doctorate at the University of Huddersfield in England, cellist Seth Parker Woods returned to the US and is now based in Chicago. An innovative musician with interests in dance and movement, he is currently Artist in Residence at Dartmouth College for the 2017/2018 academic year. His program ranges from Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 10007 to a major contemporary work for solo cello: Khse Buon (1980) by Chinary Ung, born in Cambodia in 1942 and based in the US since 1964, and winner of the 1988 Grawemayer Award for musical composition.


Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 (1720)
     Menuett I - Menuett II


CHINARY UNG (b. 1942)
Kshe Buon (1980)

JURG FREY (1954)
Im Bereich des Möglichen (1997)
     a DC premiere

PNOM for solo cello (2005)
     a DC premiere

CONRAD BECK (1901-1989)
Drei Epigramme für solo cello  (1976)

Winter Tendrils for cello and tape (2015)
     a DC premiere

Please note that this concert takes place at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave., NW.

Critiqued as “a cellist of power and grace” (The Guardian) and possessing “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. Outside of solo performances, he has performed with the Ictus Ensemble, Ensemble L’Arsenale, zone Experimental, Basel Sinfonietta, New York City Ballet, Ensemble LPR, and Orchestra of St. Luke's. A fierce advocate for contemporary arts, he has collaborated and worked with a wide range of artists ranging from the likes of Louis Andriessen, Elliott Carter, Heinz Holliger, G.F. Haas, Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Lang, Steve Mackey and Peter Eotvos to Peter Gabriel, Sting, Lou Reed, Dame Shirley Bassey, Rachael Yamagata, as well as visual artists Aldo Tambellini, Jack Early, and Adam Pendleton.

Holding a Ph.D. from the University of Huddersfield, his principal teachers were Thomas Demenga, Lucas Fels, Frederik Zlotkin, and Daniel Morganstern. In recent years he has appeared in concert at the Royal Albert Hall— BBC Proms, Snape Maltings Festival, The Ghent Festival, Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Le Poisson Rouge and the Bohemian National Hall, Cafe OTO, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klang Festival- Durham, INTER/ actions Symposium, ICMC-SMS Conference (Athens), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (London), Sound and Body Festival, Instalakcje Festival, Virginia Tech, La Salle College (Singapore), and FINDARS (Malaysia) amongst others. Recent awards include a Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events grant from the city of Chicago, Earle Brown/ Morton Feldman Foundation Grant, McGill University - Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology/Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory Visiting Researcher Residency, Centre Intermondes Artist Residency, Francis Chagrin Award, Concours [Re]connaissance- Premiere Prix, and the Paul Sacher Stiftung Research Scholarship.

His debut solo album, asinglewordisnotenough (Confront Recordings-London) has garnered great acclaim since its release in November 2016, and has been profiled in The Guardian, 5against4, I Care If You Listen, Musical America, and Strings Magazine amongst others.